JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford has revealed that he battled prostate cancer during the pandemic.
“I had my little cancer battle a year ago, which I got through and that’s in remission now, thank God,” he said in a new interview with Consequence. “That happened while we were all locked down, so things happen for a reason as far as time sequence of events. I have nothing but gratitude to be at this point in my life, still doing what I love the most.”
Halford also mentioned his cancer battle in the new chapter added to the updated paperback edition of his 2020 memoir, Confess. According to JUDAS PRIEST legend, he was diagnosed after experiencing symptoms for at least a couple of years.
“I felt a combination of shock, horror, and oddly, relief — at least now I know!…’Am I going to die?'” he wrote. ” It was all I could think of. I know blokes who’ve died of prostate cancer. ‘No, you’re not going to die, Rob,’ said Dr. Ali.”
Rob underwent prostatectomy surgery in July of 2020 to remove the cancer rather than radiation therapy. After undergoing the surgery, more cancer was discovered earlier this year and Halford states that he went through radiation treatments in April and May, getting an all-clear from doctors in June. Halford also revealed that over the past year he had an appendectomy after a tumor was discovered on his appendix.
“It’s been a draining year, I can’t deny it, but I’m delighted to have come through it,” Halford wrote in the book. “I feel like I’ve had the most thorough MOT that a Metal God can have.”